DVD 109 mins IMDB 6.8
Four Brothers
Paramount Pictures (2005)
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(5/5/2006 )

John Wood
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Josh Charles Detective Fowler
Fionnula Flanagan Evelyn Mercer
Taraji P. Henson Camille Mercer
Terrence Howard Lt. Green
Mark Wahlberg Bobby Mercer
Chiwetel Ejiofor Victor Sweet
Garrett Hedlund Jack Mercer
Tyrese Gibson Angel Mercer
André Benjamin Jeremiah Mercer (as Andre Benjamin)
Sofía Vergara Sofi
Barry Shabaka Henley Councilman Douglas
Jernard Burks Evan
Kenneth Welsh Robert Bradford
Tony Nappo Charlie
Shawn Singleton Victor Hoodlum
Andre Benjamin

Director John Singleton
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Writer David Elliot; Paul Lovett

Bound by love for their slain adoptive mother, the brothers in Four Brothers form a unique quartet that gives John Singleton's film a razor's edge of redemption. It's a thin edge, to be sure, because while Singleton's urban Western pays homage to the Blaxpoitation films of the '70s (as he did with his remake of Shaft), it walks a fine line of credibility with a mythic vengeance plot (recalling John Wayne's 1965 hit The Sons of Katie Elder) that endorses violence as the last resort of a family under siege. When a saintly foster mother (Fionnula Flanagan) is gunned down in a convenience store, her only adopted sons (two white, two black, played respectively by Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, Tyrese Gibson and Andre Benjamin) go after the killers, only to discover that their mother's death was not a random event. As they uncover a sticky web of criminal activity involving a local kingpin (Chiwitel Ejiofor), the character-driven plot races toward an inevitable showdown, with ex-con Wahlberg leading the way. Making excellent use of blue collar locations in Detroit, Singleton keeps the action moving fast enough that the film's lack of realism is easily ignored, and the well-drawn characters (including Terrence Howard as a tenacious detective) lend emotional dimension to an otherwise familiar revenge scenario. Four Brothers is manipulative, but it's filled with grace notes of rugged working-class humanity, and it definitely holds your attention. --Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Barcode 097363440741
Region Region 1
Release Date 12/20/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 5/5/2006
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
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